Rachel Zeffira ‘The Deserters’ Single & Abbey Road Performance
Rachel Zeffira set to release the title-track from her shimmering debut album, The Deserters.
Paper Bag Records is set to release another single from Rachel Zeffira’s upcoming debut album The Deserters. Click here to listen to ‘The Deserters’ and its accompanying Yuval Hen-directed video. The single will be available on Feburary 12th and will include a cover of Steve Miller Band’s ‘Wintertime.’ Paper Bag Records will release The Deserters LP on March 12th in North America.
Watch Rachel Zeffira perform My Bloody Valentine’s “To Here Knows When” live at Abbey Road
“Its titular single, “The Deserters,” comes…carried by spare, gazing-into-space vocals and dotted with great touches of horn.” – The Fader
“Dreamy, seductive and sparse, ‘The Deserters’ has a quiet lushness that’s markedly different” – New York Times
“..candelabra-lit chamber-pop… is refreshingly bereft of glass-shattering histrionics. There’s a soft-seater stateliness to “The Deserters” that hints at Zeffira’s past pursuits, with the singer’s daydreamy coo cascading atop a rolling piano line and regal woodwind refrain. But the song floats gently up to the rafters rather than hurl itself toward the back rows– a gentle breeze that nonetheless gradually accrues the magnitude of a tornado-sized swirl.” – Pitchfork
“A sliver of roiling orchestral pop that features “Here on In”’ – SPIN Magazine
“…beautifully haunting” – NYLON Magazine
“It’s a dark, dramatically lit affair” – Under The Radar
“Resplendent with oboes, melotrons, cellos and other classical instruments and made with help from members of Toy and
S.C.U.M., it’s haunting baroque pop and well worth checking out” – Brooklyn Vegan
“The Deserters is unequivocally demanding of your attention” – BBC
“…A truly magical affair.” – The Guardian (UK)
The Deserters grew from Zeffira’s first solo recordings – a wondrous cover of My Bloody Valentine’s ‘To Here Knows When’ and the evocative ‘Waiting For Sylvia.’ The music was greeted enthusiastically by everyone from Pitchfork to NME, and she began to piece together songs for her debut when time allowed.
The most striking sonic component of the record are the orchestrations – a central feature of what elevates Zeffira’s music into the extraordinary. Having drawn great acclaim for her multi-instrumentalism and orchestration on the debut Cat’s Eyes album, the breadth and ambition of what she’s achieved on her solo album are perhaps even more strikingly impressive. Once again, the orchestra was recorded at London’s legendary Abbey Road.
Rachel Zeffira’s story is fascinating: When she was 17, she attempted to travel to London to study music, but was accidentally deported and lost her place. She eventually ended up returning, faking a CV, pretending she was 26 and getting a job as a French supply teacher at a comprehensive school in Dagenham (“Hell on earth,” she recalls succinctly).
Zeffira was driven to move to Verona, Italy where for the first time in her life, she really began to enjoy the fruits of her musical training – playing cathedral organ and oboe and being invited to The Vatican to sing for Pope John Paul II. She later used her Vatican contacts to arrange for Cat’s Eyes to play their first memorable concert at a Vatican mass.
Here On In
Letters From Tokyo (Sayonara)
Break The Spell
Silver City Days
To Here Knows Where
Waiting For Sylvia